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Bus service expansion

Central Okanagan bus users can expect new routes and expanded service hours as phase two of the RapidBus project wraps up.

According to BC Transit, some major improvements are coming to the Kelowna Regional Transit System starting August 31, 2014.

RapidBus service will extend to Westbank Centre in West Kelowna and new routes will be introduced in the City of Kelowna and the District of Lake Country. Peachland will be getting improved evening service and 15,000 annual service hours will be added to better serve transit customers in the region.

New RapidBus exchanges are opening at Mount Boucherie and Westbank Centre, with real-time passenger information.

A new 'Route 5 Gordon' will provide a two-way direct connection via Gordon Drive to downtown Kelowna, the RapidBus corridor on Highway 97, the Capri Shopping Centre, Okanagan College and the Mission Recreation Centre.

As well, 'Route 8 University' will be realigned to deliver a direct connection to Kelowna General Hospital and Okanagan College.

In Lake Country, a new 'Route 32 The Lakes' will connect Lake Country Town Centre with The Lakes neighbourhood during weekday peak periods. The new route hopes to support current and future residential and commercial growth in the area.

The 'Route 22 Peachland' will boast improved evening, Sunday and holiday service. And the route will now link to the new Westbank Centre transit exchange, improving regional connectivity.

BC Transit says these fall service changes reflect the goals outlined in the Central Okanagan Transit Future Plan and the 2014 RapidBus Service Change Plan.

“The additional 15,000 annual service hours will go a long way towards meeting the public transportation needs of Kelowna,” says MLA Norm Letnick.

“It’s great to see such a positive response to the Kelowna transit system with more riders, more routes and more connections,” adds MLA Steve Thomson.

For more information on the Kelowna Regional Transit system check out all the details here.

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